Episode of care (procedure)—contracted procedure flag, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Contract procedure flag|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 01/03/2005|
|Definition:||Designation that a procedure was not performed in this hospital but was performed by another hospital as a contracted service, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Episode of care (procedure)—contracted procedure flag|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Procedures performed at another hospital under contract (Hospital B) are recorded by both hospitals, but flagged by the contracting hospital only (Hospital A). This flag is to be used by the contracting hospital to indicate a procedure performed by a contracted hospital. It also indicates whether the procedure was performed as an admitted or non-admitted service.
Allocation of procedure codes should not be affected by the contract status of an episode: the Australian Coding Standards should be applied when coding all episodes. In particular, procedures which would not otherwise be coded should not be coded solely because they were performed at another hospital under contract.
Procedures performed by a health care service (i.e. not a recognised hospital) should be coded if appropriate. Some jurisdictions may require these to be separately identified and they could be distinguished from contracted hospital procedures through the use of an additional code in the contract procedure flag data item.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Contract procedure flag, version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.3 KB)